BA Heritage Studies with Digital Humanities

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Heritage Studies with Digital Humanities is a programme that is designed to allow students to enhance their knowledge of various digital technologies and software by applying it to various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that museums, archives, management or tourism.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 42V1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time; part-time study available

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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Heritage Studies and Digital Humanities will offer students the opportunity to combine two popular and cognate subject areas. In Heritage studies, you will explore a wide range of Heritage-related issues and subjects. This will include modules on museums, and introduction to heritage, nautical archaeology, heritage and business, museums, representations and identity, battlefield archaeology and heritage and tourism.

The programme includes a work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. The programme offers a unique combination of the general and the particular; an awareness of wider and contemporary  Heritage issues and concerns, alongside a more concentrated focus upon different aspects of it. This mix will equip students with an attractive and appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employment in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.

For the Digital Humanities side of the degree, students will build links between Heritage and an emerging new sub-discipline, digital humanities, by bringing together experts from within computing science, digital media, and web design. The programme aims to investigate how such new, digital methodologies can enhance an understanding of and research into heritage, such as digitisation of archival materials, the use of technology in displays and exhibitions, the use of data collection and management software.

The programme builds upon a broad range of expertise from across the Faculty, and indeed across the University, notably from FADE and the Schools of Business, and Archaeology, History and Anthropology, and from various closely aligned partners such as the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the University of Wales.

It also builds upon an extensive range of contacts with practitioners and professionals in the Heritage sector such as Wales' historic environment service CADW, the Royal Commission, local county councils, the National Trust and the National Library. It can draw upon relevant, indeed unique, resources and infrastructure, such as the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives and the local history museum run by the University in collaboration with Lampeter's local history society Hanes Llambed.

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums
  • Web design
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Building & Architectural History
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Close relationships with experts in the sector
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals.

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short-1,000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis and palaeographic work, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Joint Routes available

Joint honours students will study three Heritage modules at each level of study, choosing from the compulsory modules for that level. In addition they will choose three further modules from their other Humanities subject, again choosing from those on offer at that level of study.

  • BA History and Heritage Studies
  • BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • BA Anthropology and Heritage Studies
  • BA Philosophy and Heritage Studies
  • BA Medieval History with Heritage Studies
  • BA English and Heritage Studies
  • BA Creative Writing and Heritage Studies
  • BA Chinese Studies and Heritage Studies
  • BA Theology and Heritage Studies
  • BA Religious Studies and Heritage Studies
  • BA Ancient History and Heritage Studies
  • BA Classical Studies and Heritage Studies

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Heritage Studies with Digital Humanities at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.